Kentucky Common Sense
The Board of Education in Kentucky is making some common sense recommendations for their textbooks and of course the religious right is offended. They want to include the dating designations of B.C.E. (Before Common Era) and C.E. (Common Era) along with the currently used B.C. (Before Christ) and A.D. (Anno Domini). It makes sense to include the new designations, if for no other reason than to familiarize students with the terms that are increasingly used in scientific study. It hasn’t brewed into an all out fight yet, but that may change as already The Family Foundation of Kentucky is making noise over the proposal. One of their arguments against it is that it will confuse the children. If knowledge and information confuses them, we’ve got bigger problems than how we designate dates in our school textbooks.